Hey! Where have I been? The past few weeks have been some of the busiest I’ve had since last Christmas season. It sure seems like everything happens at one time – not just to me, but to those around me too!
I have to thank my friend Ladon for praying for me as she saw me on one of my nutty days… She prayed “And Lord, please help Laura get all her thoughts in one basket.” How did she know?!! Was it so obvious that all my thoughts were lurking in super secret hiding places all around the room like so many abandoned plastic eggs weeks after Easter? I mean, really, how difficult can it be to calculate everything that needs to be done in the space of two weeks? It is so easy to get overwhelmed looking at the big picture (and I am a “big picture” kind of person).
Seriously, is it really possible to fry chicken for Father’s Day lunch (major undertaking), train VBS staff, move all the chairs out of the sanctuary, set up for VBS, host a slumber party complete with decorations and homemade cake (aaahh!!), register 75 children for VBS, get groceries with all three kids, clean the house, mess up the house, direct VBS, go to McD’s 3 times in one week, enjoy VBS, move the chairs back into the sanctuary, wish I was at the house, plan the closing for VBS, move all the chairs out of the sanctuary and back in one more time (ok I delegated the chair moving, but I did supervise!), provide adequate comfort for my friend who lost her brother, pray for my friend who is worried about a mammogram, attend a funeral, oh – did I mention Vacation Bible School? -breathe, wear deodorant, change my underwear, find the hairbrush, and remember that I also have a husband – all in the space of a week and a half? The answer is YES!
As I have been studying about truth, I have also studied about the lies that I have believed. These lies have been with me for so long that many times I don’t even recognize them as lies. One of these lies is … are you ready? I DON’T HAVE TIME TO DO EVERYTHING I’M SUPPOSED TO DO. If this doesn’t seem like a lie to you, perhaps you have believed it for so long it has become a friend to you, an easy excuse for being tired, grumpy, overwhelmed, underproductive. Nevertheless it is a lie. As with all lies, if we can counter that lie with truth, it will help us be victorious in walking in truth. So, how do we contradict this, when all evidence seems to say that it may very well be the case that 24 hours may not be enough time to accomplish everything on our “to do list?”
Here is the secret – There is enough time in my day to do EVERYTHING GOD HAS CALLED ME TO DO. Simple, isn’t it? So obvious, yet fairly elusive when we get into the craziness of a hectic season. There may not be time in the day to do what others have called me to do, or what I have taken upon myself (that is not my job) to do, but there is absolutely time in every day to fulfill the calling of God Almighty.
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24
It is urgent that each and every day we spend time with the Lord asking him what He would have us do with the time that He gives us. If we don’t check in with Him on a regular basis, how are we going to know what is on His to do list?
I would like to encourage you (and I’d appreciate it if you would remind me when you see that my thoughts are not all in one basket) to turn your to do list over to God every day and let Him prioritize the time He has provided.
Trust in Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5
I pray that I will hear the voice of the Lord when He has an assignment for me, even when my to do list is long and my resource list is short. He knows what’s in my refrigerator, my gas tank, my bank account, and most importantly, my heart. He has access to all this and more. He will be my strength, my source, and my shield. He will even make my to do list.
I’m a Believer!